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Saving Private Ryan Movie Quotes

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Best Saving Private Ryan quotes, with movie clips, ranked by fans. This list of great movie quotes from Saving Private Ryan collects all of the most famous lines from the film in one place, allowing you to pick the top quotes and move them up the list. Quotations from movies are repeated all the time in other movies, on television, in speeches and in day-to-day life, so having a good knowledge of good movie quotes (and having resources useful to search movie quotes) have become essential. The many memorable movie quotes from Saving Private Ryan make it one of the most quotable movies of all time and have entrenched it as part of the popular culture lexicon.

Saving Private Ryan is regarded as one of the best movies of all time, which it backs up with its five Academy Awards including a Best Director Oscar for Steven Spielberg. In Saving Private Ryan, a detail of American soldiers is sent behind enemy lines to retrieve a soldier whose three brothers have already been killed in combat.

This list includes all the best Saving Private Ryan lines and moments, just as they appeared in the actual movie script. Whether they are funny quotes, sad quotes, quotes about love or death, all the most famous Saving Private Ryan quotes are here.
  • 1

    What Should I Tell Her

    What Should I Tell Her
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    Private Ryan: Hell, these guys deserve to go home as much as I do. They've fought just as hard.
    Captain Miller: Is that what I'm supposed to tell your mother when she gets another folded American flag?
    Private Ryan: You can tell her that when you found me, I was with the only brothers I had left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she'd understand that.
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    A Mission and the Man

    Captain Miller: You see, when... when you end up killing one your men, you see, you tell yourself it happened so you could save the lives of two or three or ten others. Maybe a hundred others. Do you know how many men I've lost under my command?
    Sergeant Horvath: How many?
    Captain Miller: Ninety-four. But that means I've saved the lives of ten times that many, doesn't it? Maybe even 20, right? Twenty times as many? And that's how simple it is. That's how you... that's how you rationalize making the choice between the mission and the man.
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    A Bad Feeling

    A Bad Feeling
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    Private Reiben: I got a bad feeling about this one.
    Captain Miller: When was the last time you felt good about anything?
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    The Bad News

    The Bad News
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    Captain Miller: James Francis Ryan of Iowa?
    Private Ryan: Yes, sir. Paton, Iowa, that's correct. What is this about?
    Captain Miller: Your brothers were killed in combat.
    Private Ryan: Which - Which ones?
    Captain Miller: All of them.
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